Flowers are almost always a symbol of hope, friendship, love, compassion and more, which is why it is appropriate that the American Cancer Society has teamed up with Colleges Against Cancer to promote awareness for the cause using fresh blooms. The BG News reports numerous student organizations at Bowling Green University have come together to run "Daffodil Days," an annual program that is meant to spread cancer awareness and raise money for a cure.
The project not only gives students a chance to improve the lives of the more than 13.7 million Americans who have faced cancer thus far, according to the American Cancer Society, but also allows them to give back to others. BG News reports people who purchase daffodils from the program can send them to someone else, helping to brighten up the day of the recipient and those fighting the disease.
Christa Purdy, president of Bowling Green's chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, reports sales have increased in 2013, meaning more students are willing to get involved.
"We've gotten many more orders of flowers this year compared to past years," Purdy told the news source. "If it's a place anywhere on campus, then our volunteers will deliver the flowers to that area."
Last year saw 176 purchases, according to Bonnie Blankinship, a faculty member who helps run the program. She added the concept wouldn't work if it wasn't for the help of the countless students on campus who volunteer to make deliveries and spread the word about the deserving cause.
The 2013 campaign marks the 40th anniversary of Daffodil Days, and the American Cancer Society reports it's one of its most beloved programs ever created, according to its official website.